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Creating a Portal

Overview

In this lesson we discuss how create all of the necessary components of a Portal, including creating and configuring an Input, Output and Reader.

Creating an Input

Input are simple electrical circuits that provide information to the access control system. Inputs can range from a simple door contact to high tech zone motion detection.

Create an Input

  1. Navigate to Inputs. Main Menu-> Setup-> System Setup-> Input
  2. Use the  icon in the lower left side to create a new Input.

Create Input

  1. Pick the Controller that manages the Input.
  2. Pick the SIO Board or the Controller the Input is physically attached to.
    • Note: If the Input is connected directly to a Controller the Controller and SIO Board fields will have the same name.
  3. Next, choose a Name for the Input.
    • Note: Using good names can make the process of servicing and debugging much easier.
  4. Select the Input Number that corresponds with where the Input is connected to on the SIO Board.
    • Note: The physical board should be labeled with these numbers, if not use the official board documentation.
  5. Choose the Input Normal State from the dropdown menu.
  6. Set the Debounce.
  7. Set the Hold Time.
  8. Confirm the entry with the saveBtn.png button or because of the nature of this job we provide a SaveAndNew.png button to move onto the next entry quickly.
    • Note: There are many more way to configure a Controller the More...downArrow.png option will expand these options. These option should only be explored by trained technicians. 

Creating an Output

Outputs allow the access control system to influence the physical world. Outputs can be anything from horns and alarms to electromagnetic locks.

Create an Output

  1. Navigate to Outputs. Main Menu-> Setup-> System Setup-> Output
  2. Use the  icon in the lower left side to create a new Output.

Create Output

  1. Pick the Controller that will used to manage the Output.
  2. Then select the SIO Board the Output is attached to.
    • Note: In some cases the SIO Board and Controller will be the same.
  3. Next, choose a Name for the Output.
    • Note: Using good names can make the process of servicing and debugging much easier.
  4. Select the Output Number that corresponds with Output. 
    • Note: This is the number that corresponds with which connection is used on the board.
  5. Click on either the Relay Energized or the Relay De-Energized button for the Online Output Mode. This will determine how the Output should behaves during normal operation.
    • Ex. A magnetic lock would "Relay De-Energized" to cause the magnet to become inactive and release the door. 
  6. Click on either No Change, Relay Energized or Relay De-Energized button to set the Offline Output Mode. This will determine how the Output behaves when it is unable to communicate with the Controller and is unable to verify credentials.
  7. Select the type of the Output from the Output Type drop down menu. 
  8. Confirm the entry with the saveBtn.png button, alternatively, we provide a SaveAndNew.png button to move onto the next entry quickly.

Creating a Reader

Readers are any devices that read and validate credentials to allow access.

Create a Reader

  1. Navigate to Readers. Main Menu-> Setup-> System Setup-> Readers
  2. Use the  icon in the lower left side to create a new Reader.

Create Reader

  1. First, pick the Controller that will manage the Reader.
  2. Select the SIO Board the Reader is attached.
    • Note: In some situations the SIO Board and Controller will be the same.
  3. Enter a name for the Reader in the Name text field. 
    • Note: Using good names can make the process of servicing and debugging much easier.
  4. Select the Reader Channel that corresponds with the Reader port on the SIO Board or Controller.
    • Note: This is the number that corresponds with which connection is used on the board.
  5. Choose the Reader Configuration.
  6. Choose the Reader Setting from the dropdown menu.
  7. Choose the Keypad Mode.
  8. Select the appropriate LED Drive Mode and Default LED Mode.
  9. Click in the Card Data Format Flags field to bring up list of applicable Format Flags.
  10. Confirm the entry with the saveBtn.png button or because of the nature of this operation we provide a SaveAndNew.png button to move onto the next entry quickly.

Creating a Portal

Portals are the grouping of devices that work together to secure entry or exit. A Portal will contain a combination of locks, inputs and sensors and assist in managing the access control system easily.

Create a Portal

  1. Log in and navigate to Portals. Main Menu-> Setup-> System Setup-> Portal
  2. Use the  icon in the lower left side to create a new Portal.

  1. First, choose the System using the dropdown menu.
  2. Then choose which Controller will manage the Portal.
  3. Next, enter a Name for the Portal.
    • Note: Choose a descriptive name to make management of the Portal easier in the future
  4. Select the In Reader that will provide credentials to the AC System.
  5. Next, we assign the Lock Output that will be used to control the Portal.
  6. Set the Lock Output Time Max. This will determine how long the Output is in its unlock state.
  7. Set the Lock Output Mode by choosing from the dropdown menu.
  8. Now, we must assign a Lock Schedule that will determine when the Portal is Locked.
    • Note: This must be a Device Schedule.
  9. Select the correct Door Contact Input to allow the Portal to report its state.
  10. Next, we will designate the Primary Rex Input using the dropdown menu.
  11. To complete Portal use the toggle to specify if the Portal should be treated as a Perimeter Portal or not.
  12. Set the behavior for Forced Open Portal events​.
  13. Set the behavior for Held Open Portal events.
  14. When finished use the shortCreateBtn.png button to finish or the SaveAndNew.png to continue configuring Portals.
    • Note: There are many more way to configure a Portal, Show Advanced SettingsdownArrow.png option will expand these options.

 

 

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